What We’re Working On Now

Community economic development is a unique way to help communities take a leadership role in defining their future and achieving sustained development. Given the enormous challenges facing us today, it is critical that we work together in the process of building strong and vital communities.

Community Futures North Okanagan identifies projects that will benefit the community and builds community partnerships to implement different initiatives.

We are always looking for great people to get involved in community economic development. If you are interested contact our Executive Director, Leigha Horsfield at 250 545 2215 x 256, leighah@futuresbc.com, to discuss your participation.

Land To Table Network

Land to Table NetworkLand to Table (L2T) is a growing network of interconnected actors from across the regional food system – from those who live and work on and off the Land in the North Okanagan – including farmers, those who gather and harvest traditional foods, food processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, chefs, consumers, and waste managers, as well as supporting groups such as not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. L2T is inspired by the idea that a well-connected and coordinated network across the North Okanagan can develop a food system that is economically prosperous, environmentally sustainable and socially accessible. For more information, visit Land to Table Network

The EnterpriZe Challenge

The Community Futures EnterpriZe Challenge is an entrepreneurship competition designed to provide youth and new businesses the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their business idea to a panel of judges and win a business package worth nearly $25,000. Community Futures has introduced this program in an effort to celebrate and encourage entrepreneurship in the North Okanagan. For more information on sponsors and when the next EnterpriZe Challenging is being held, click here.

VISION NORTH OKANAGAN – Collaboration supports Economic Development

Vision North Okanagan is a group of regional professionals that are all involved in our communities’ economic development initiatives. Vision North Okanagan meets monthly to communicate their specific projects, create partnerships and deepen the understanding and relationships between the region’s stakeholders. The collaboration, cooperation and communication acts to strengthen and support local economic development and enhance the quality of life for citizens of the region.

The Creative Economy – Enhancing our Regional IT Sector

The North Okanagan’s creative economy consists of many IT entrepreneurs, remote workers and technology based businesses that provide employment for many local skilled workers. Community Futures, working together with other organizations, economic development groups and interested community partners seeks to enhance the continuing growth of this important and emerging sector.

SharED PROGRAM – Building Capacity in our Not for Profit Sector

SharED is a community program for not-for-profit organizations that offers their Executive Directors and General Managers the opportunity to share expertise, best practices, problem solving strategies, and current information. SharED provides professional development in leadership and management through round table discussions and guest presentations. SharED is a practical model for its members to receive training, access professional advice, create partnerships, and learn new strategies for all sorts of operational issues.

For more information about the SharED program, please contact:

Annette Sharkey at 250-540-8572 or info@socialplanning.ca


  • North Okanagan Sports Society
  • Enderby Beautification Project
  • Community Land Trust
  • Partners in Action
  • Red Carpet Film Festival
  • IMMG Manufacturing Cluster Project
  • YAA FEST – Youth Appreciation and Achievement Festival